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    • #12940
      Lichen
      Participant

      I wanted to share something that has been working really well for me to improve bowing tone. I was reading about an old-time, late 19th century fiddler who was blind. I started thinking about how difficult it would be to learn the planes of the bow if you couldn’t see. So I started doing the “Stop and Rock” with my eyes closed, and basically all bowing exercises. At first I found it hard because I kept sliding off to the side, but after a while my mind started to listen instead of see. So I heard when I started to slide and immediately corrected. Anyway, in the long run, it taught me to listen to tone more, when I wasn’t distracted by having my eyes glued on the bow, and more importantly I noticed I started to learn the feel of the planes very quickly. So then I added the 3 “in-between” planes, where you bow two strings. Now I add Blind Time to every practice, and it really improved me. It all came together fast. Hope it helps someone else.

    • #13153
      jason kleinberg
      Keymaster

      Great idea. I’ve been doing this for years and do it with in-person students. Maybe time for a short lesson on this…

    • #13814
      Lisa
      Participant

      Interesting – will definitely give this a try. Thanks!

    • #14475
      Ajs
      Participant

      Wow never thought of this – sounds very challenging. Have got to give it go now of course!

    • #15477
      jason kleinberg
      Keymaster

      Play With Eyes Closed
      /library/quick-tip-videos/play-with-eyes-closed/

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